We think seventeen-year-old, emerging singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Callista Clark is an artist you’re going to love! Her sassy, confident single, It’s ‘Cause I Am radiates female empowerment and sees her take ownership of her creative ambitions. It’s our Song of the Day!
Written by Callista with Cameron Jaymes and Laura Veltz–Veltz, It’s ‘Cause I Am is the lead single from her debut EP, Real To Me. Callista was inspired to write the song after she was criticised by a stranger simply for being a young girl with big dreams. The single is currently sitting at #37 on the US Country Airplay chart.
Callista said, “I knew I wanted to call this collection, Real to Me. It was the second co-write I ever had, so I just wanted to keep putting things in there that showed different sides of me and different songs that had their own personality. It’s ‘Cause I Am is definitely the more confident, sarcastic side of me, sassy side of me, and so I feel like that’s the best way to start off something.”
Raised in Georgia, Callista wrote her first song at the age of 11, and grew up singing at a church where her grandfather was a pastor. She gained fame with a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain? posted on Facebook, which received 27 million views. She also performed on stage with Jennifer Nettles at 12 years old.
Inspired by different genres including gospel, Motown, country music and classic rock, growing up she listened to everyone from The Judds and Travis Tritt, to Aretha Franklin, but now she finds herself emulating the likes of Tori Kelly, Maren Morris and Jennifer Nettles. Callista signed with Big Machine Records at the age of 15 and to date, has amassed over 65 million views on Facebook and over 6 million views on YouTube. Furthermore, she is also active on TikTok, where she has gained over 1.5 million likes.
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